Peugeot’s 508 flagship GT fastback – A French four door with real panache
More on Peugeot’s flagship 508 – two variants – Fastback sedan and Sportswagon, sensibly in one well-equipped GT grade. The Fastback at $57,490 I tested really draws eyes with its stunning styling, a very individual car that is beautifully executed inside and out, A four door of coupe proportions – a front-wheel-drive powered by a 1.6-litre turbo 165kW four-cylinder driving through an 8-speed torque-converter automatic with manual shift paddles. A French car with real panache and sports flair riding on a fully adaptive electronic suspension, very well controlled but skewed to ride comfort. Sportier settings bring sharper steering, firmer suspension and quicker gear shifts.
Packed full of drive assist safety and features like Nappa leather seats with massage function, a 10-speaker stereo and a well-placed 10-inch high definition centre screen. The flat top and bottom steering wheel falls nicely to hand, its practical nature making it easy to get behind the wheel with good instrument visibility. A low roof line makes rear access difficult and rear seat headroom a little restrictive, another criticism is the complex functionality of its infotainment touch screen.
But if you like individuality the Peugeot 508 is a very distinctive prestige model. Its low volume means it stands out from the rest with just 55 sold nationally this year. And until Sept 30 it benefits from 3 years/60,000 kms free scheduled servicing.
I’m David Berthon
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